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"We're looking forward to our new facility, but we have a job to do this year," Arvan said. "We're going to do the best job we can to close out the
The Muskies are in a solid position to keep the strong tradition going, although they'll have to overcome some major losses from last season.
Casey Thousand and Aubri Rote, a pair of first team all-LMC performers, have moved on, Thousand to graduation and Rote (the LMC Rookie of the Year) to a roster spot at Division I UW-Milwaukee.
"Between Casey's offense and great defensive play and Aubri's offensive production I think we're losing about 30-40 points per game," Arvan said. "Those are some of the questions we need to answer."
One big answer is
"Renee is the best true center we've had since I've been head coach here," Arvan said. "She's the finest solid anchor we've had in the middle that's extremely consistent."
Sophomore Jenna Boehm, a 5-11 forward from
"Renee and Jenna make a great combination since they've been able to work together for a full year," Arvan said. "We finally have a true 4 and 5 inside presence. They've been wonderful post buddies and they know what to expect from each other."
"She's a well-rounded point guard," Arvan said. "We'll look to her leadership in that quarterback-type sense. She's a scoring point guard as well. She can hit the 3 or drive."
At the other guard spot, the Muskies look to senior Karli Nichols (
"She got much-needed experience under her belt," Arvan said. "I expect her to pick up some of the defensive slack of losing Casey."
The team's fourth senior, 5-7 guard Sara Langenhorst (Ripon), is also coming off junior-year injuries that limited her impact. She'll be counted on for more scoring punch this season, Arvan said.
Two juniors are expected to play larger roles this season. Beth Porter (
Other returnees competing for playing time include juniors Ann Lehecka (
The newcomers include a pair of junior transfers and four freshmen.
Connie Thousand (Barneveld), a 5-11 guard and the younger sister of Casey, averaged 7.7 points and 3.4 rebounds for LMC rival Edgewood College last season. Nikki Boeckh, a 6-foot forward, played a couple of seasons at
Arvan said Brenda Paulson (Clayton), a 5-8 guard, has been the most consistent among the freshmen and will push for playing time at the shooting guard spot.
Allison Komaromy (Algonquin,
Winning another LMC title and making another trip to the NCAA Tournament are always
"We understand how we're always on the receiving end of everybody's best game," Arvan said. "With that in perspective, we have to play as hard and as well as we can. Winning the conference and getting to the tournament are out there right away. We throw Final Four out there too sometimes. I think we should dream big."